Yesterday, Monday, Barcelona beat Sevilla 3-0 and consolidated their lead in the Spanish Liga with 53 points.
The Catalan team extended their lead over second-placed Real Madrid to 8 points, taking advantage of the latter’s gift in the last round of La Liga (20), when they lost to Real Mallorca (1-0).
And Barcelona have been successful 9 times, 8 or more points behind their rivals, and on all those occasions they have managed to crown the La Liga title.
In the 30th round of the 1998/99 season, the Catalans broke away from Celta by 9 points.
In the 2004/05 season, Barça reached the 25th round, ahead of Real Madrid by 8 points.
The following year, after 20 league matches, they were 10 points ahead of Valencia.
The next time it happened was in 2008-09, when Barcelona were eight points behind Real Madrid after 15 La Liga matches.
Two years later, in the 2010-11 season, Barça took the lead on matchday 31, eight points behind the white team.
In the 2012/13 season, after 16 league matches, Atlético Madrid were 9 points behind the Catalans.
As it was in the 2015-2016 season, when Barça were ahead of Atlético by 8 points in the 25th round.
In the 2017/18 season, Barcelona reached the 19th round, ahead of Rojiblancos by 9 points.
The last time this happened was in the 2018/19 season, after 28 league matches, Barcelona were 10 points ahead of Atlético Madrid.
At the same time, only one team in the history of the tournament has lost an advantage of this magnitude (8 points), and that is Real Madrid.
In the 2003-04 season, Beze’s team, coached by Carlos Queiroz, lost their lead by 8 points with 12 matches left in the championship as the Royals finished fourth in a competition which was crowned by Valencia.